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Second �Informal Segment� from the NBC Comeback Special,
This review is from: Tiger Man (Audio CD)
Second "Informal Segment" recorded for the NBC 'Comeback' special, recorded at 8pm on the 27th June, this is possibly the weaker of the two shows. But is wonderful nevertheless.
It's needless to say that Elvis is in the best form of his life, raw and energetic everything he recorded around this time is a classic. Of cause the "Informal Segments" were the highlights (musically) of the TV Special, but the Special wisely cuts out the opening, with Elvis' initial tentative efforts of "Heart Break Hotel" and "Baby What You Want Me To Do". Elvis then strains his way through the obligatory "Heartbreak Hotel" and jokes his way through the obviously not loved "Are You Lonesome Tonight".
But the show starts with the a reprise of "Baby What You Want Me To Do". Fantastic. The bluesy slower version of "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Love Me" are a excellent, the Power that then propels "One Night" and "Trying To Get To You" make them possibly the highlights of his career. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" - a rare miss from Elvis' earlier career - is given new light, and captures some of the magic of "Trying To Get To You". Sadly Elvis can't remember the words to "Santa Claus is Back In Town" and doesn't give "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold" his full attention (although check out the beautiful harmonies on the ending), and "Blue Christmas" is far from an Elvis classic. Elvis finishes off with a rock through "Tiger Man" and a pretty (though slight) "Memories". A fabulous concert, not given 5 stars as the "Memories" album is better value.